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Boys Versus Girls – Which One Is Tougher To Raise

Boys Versus Girls – Which One Is Tougher To Raise

A perennial dispute over if boys or girls are easier to bring up is finally answered. Mothers with children from both sexes often sense themselves spending greater amounts of time and energy on their boy than the girl. Mothering a boy has somehow been distorted to tending for one who is all fights, farts and video gaming and quite frankly many moms wonder how much more of this mayhem they could bear for any longer. However, mothers of girls are quick to retort that they have to undergo pernickety fashion sense, heightened bristly social steering, and a higher capacity of holding on to feelings of resentment. As girls grow up, the parent’s anxieties vary from body image issues to math prejudice. ‘Pigeonholing or hefty nubs of truth?’ is the imminent query ------ with Parents using ‘which  [...]

Viable Heart Disease Treatments for Children

Viable Heart Disease Treatments for Children

Widely prevalent heart problems among children are detected with the commonly employed procedure known as cardiac catheterization. In certain situations, it assists in mending heart ailments that earlier needed open-heart surgery. The procedure is conducted in a Paediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory also known as the ‘cath lab’. As infants possess smaller-sized hearts and blood vessels, the experts treating them would need to be fully-equipped with both specialised equipment as well as knack wise. A special form of sedation and supervision is needed in case of children due to their size, age factor and varying capacity to cooperate. The cath lab used during the procedure is well-endowed with top-notch imaging apparatus and computers used for fluoroscopy, digital movies and MRI (magnetic  [...]

Smart Tactics To Transforming Into An Alpha Mom

Smart Tactics To Transforming Into An Alpha Mom

‘It is time to go, okay?’  For the umpteenth time, this sentence seems to largely figure on many a mom’s conversations with their kids. In yet another vain attempt for making all kin members totally happy, the term ’okay?’ is stapled to the end of the desperate question. Obviously enough, tiny tots mostly seem to seize the chance to retort like little royals with ‘negation’ implying all is not okay. In such situations, mothers mostly feel outwitted and often let themselves get yanked into conciliations with little tactical connoisseurs who are adept at premeditated whining, lamenting and lying through their teeth to get what they want. Well, the tiny paws do seem to be in commanding position and it often takes mothers enormously long spans of time to eventually figure out that  [...]

Fifth Disease

Fifth Disease

An infectious and generally mild version of illness caused due to a virus that leads to rash formations on the cheeks, arms and legs that subsides in a couple of weeks. Fifth Disease Causes: The human parvovirus B19 is the reason behind the occurrence of the fifth disease. It is most prevalent among preschooler or school-going kids during the spring months. The disease is transmitted via contact with respiratory emissions and generally returns for five days. Though, the rash related to the fifth disease might return for numerous weeks. The relapse of the rash might be elicited by exposure to sunlight, heat, physical exercise, fever or emotional strain. Fifth Disease Symptoms: Fifth disease initiates with flu-similar signs subsequent to which rashes appear on the face and body. Transmission  [...]

Coxsackie (Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease)

Coxsackie (Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease)

Coxsackie is a prevalent, communicable childhood illness caused typically due to the coxsackie A virus and in some situations due to the coxsackie B virus or enterovirus 71. All these viral forms come under one grouping called as enteroviruses. The hand-foot-mouth disease name was derived due to the development of non-scratchy rashes on the palms and soles of the legs and even oral sores. Normally occurring in under-10 years infants, at times even adults and adolescents are affected. Majority of the grown-ups have immunity against the coxsackie A virus as they have had prior exposure to the disease during infanthood. Adults when infected with the disease have a tendency to exhibit milder version of the symptoms in comparison to kids. Coxsackie Causes: It is generally caused due to the coxsackie  [...]

Detecting Developmental Delays In Infants

Detecting Developmental Delays In Infants

Outline The process of development in each infant tends to seek its own pace; however there are some children that experience developmental delays. The diagnosis for developmental delay occurs when the infant in incapable of reaching particular defined milestones (like learning to walk or talk) in the normal time frame. There are varied factors that could lead to developmental delays like the presence of a heritable or chromosomal aberrations as well as being exposed to environment-associated risks like drugs and contagions prior to or subsequent to birth. Being aware of these caveat signs of a probable developmental delay could assist in obtaining a prompt diagnosis and feasible treatment for the affected infant. STEP I One needs to be vigilant and heedful about the infant’s behaviour. A  [...]

Tylenol Could Wane Child’s Immune Response to Vaccines

Tylenol Could Wane Child’s Immune Response to Vaccines

A gripping novel study has implied that the active constituent of Tylenol – Acetaminophen might abate the immune response of children to vaccinations. Children are commonly observed to contract slight fever subsequent to getting inoculated. Acetaminophen has been consistently used by some of the child specialists in averting vaccination-linked fever. A global study team helmed by Roman Prymula, MD, from the University of Defense, Czech Republic discovered that this might not be as viable an idea. In the course of the study conducted to delve into whether acetaminophen actually impeded vaccine-associated fever, Prymula and his associates uncovered that the widely purchased over-the-counter pain reliever medications diminish vaccine-educed immune responses. It is still ambiguous as to whether  [...]

Tamiflu For Infants – Puzzling Dose Could Cause Harm

Tamiflu For Infants – Puzzling Dose Could Cause Harm

The FDA has cautioned that bewildering Tamiflu Oral Suspension prescriptive medicines could cause detrimental excess or under dosage of the flu medicine. It is a baffling aspect even for the trained eye or the medical professionals. For instance, if a six-year-old child comes having caught the swine flu has been prescribed to take Tamiflu Oral Suspension of 3/4ths of a teaspoon two times a day then in such cases, deciphering the actual dosage could be very confusing. The measurement of the liquid medicine is generally done with the aid of a syringe that has markings of thirty, forty-five and sixty milligrams. Even for those medically trained individuals there would be quite some meticulous maths calculations to be done to finally decipher the supposed dose to be given, which in the present  [...]

5 Pointers For Effectively Curbing Bedwetting

5 Pointers For Effectively Curbing Bedwetting

Night times filled with apprehension and distress are commonly sighted occurrences when the child wets the bed. For a parent it translates to yet another batch of bed sheets to be washed and the child loathing the aspect of getting up in the morning with a sense of embarrassment and shame. Bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) does not have to wreck after-dusk hours for the entire family and there are practices that the mother and the child could try that would aid in curbing the problem. Concurrently, one needs to take prolific, affirmative steps for addressing bedwetting issues that could help in improving the relationship between the mother and the child and also lead to an improvement in the child’s general state of mind. Bedwetting – More Prevalent than One Might Think Among the vital things  [...]

When Is Episiotomy Necessary?

When Is Episiotomy Necessary?

Episiotomy is a surgical slit done in the section of the skin that lies in-between the vagina and the anus – the perineum for enlarging the vaginal opening to facilitate easier emergence of the baby’s head during delivery. Though, earlier deemed as the norm during child delivery, there is immense disagreement regarding whether episiotomy is helpful  or not – few experts prefer to opt for a perineal slit rather than a cut, and studies do indicate that tears have swifter recuperation rates and have less chances of complications. Though episiotomies are no more considered an unavoidable practice, one might require to get one – for instance if one is having a large-sized or breech baby, an forceps-aided delivery, a vacuum extraction or the baby might have got trapped in the birth canal.  [...]

Problematic Thumb-Sucking

Problematic Thumb-Sucking

Is thumb-sucking considered normal? Thumb-sucking is a normal occurrence among babies and young kids. An innate sucking impulse causes some infants to engage in thumb-sucking during their initial few months following birth, or even while they are in the womb. Babies might additionally suck their fingers, hands or other objects like pacifiers. What are the reasons behind infant thumb-sucking? Babies have an innate urge to suck that generally reduces subsequent to six months of age. However, several babies persistently suck their thumbs as a means of soothing themselves. Babies and young kids could become habituated with thumb-sucking when they use it as a means of pacifying themselves during hunger, when they are petrified, edgy, quiet, drowsy or are plain bored. Majority of infants and toddlers  [...]

Pinkeye – Conjunctivitis

Pinkeye – Conjunctivitis

Pinkeye or Conjunctivitis is a reddening and inflammation occurring in the clear membranes that cover the white portion of the eye and the membranes that line the inner section of the eyelids. Pinkeye is mostly caused due to a viral or a bacterial infection, though presence of certain allergies, toxic agents and causal ailments could also be responsible. Viral and bacterial pinkeye are quite communicable in nature. It could be quickly spread due to improper sanitation or when one shares any item that has been handled by an infected individual. Pinkeye could spread when one coughs and sneezes. Children detected with pinkeye must avoid going to school or day care till the time the infection subsides. Allergic pinkeye occurs due to seasonal pollens, pet or animal dander and certain types of cosmetic  [...]